TCRA: Over 47 per cent of Sim cards still unregistered

14Jan 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TCRA: Over 47 per cent of Sim cards still unregistered

AS only six days remain to the January 20th deadline for biometric registration of mobile sim cards, there are 22,796,472 active unregistered Sim cards, according to Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

TCRA Senior Official, Semu Mwakyanjala told this paper that data on the above number of unregistered Sim cards were recorded on January 7th 2020.

According to the regulator, until January 7th 2020, a total of 25,160,147 telephone lines (42.42 percent) were registered biometrically.

He said unregistered mobile phone lines accounts to 47.5 percent of total mobile phone users currently reaching 47,956,619.

“The number of people registering their telephone lines increases every day,” said Mwankyanjala.

He further said that the biometric registration which requires holder’s national identification numbers (NIN) and fingerprints is crucial for national security and crimes control.

The national identification numbers (NIN) are provided by the National Identification Authority (NIDA).

Last December when in Chato, Geita region, President John Magufuli announced to extend the biometric registration of telephone lines to January 20th, 2020 to allow SIM card owners who do not have NIN to secure them and register.

Earlier, Tanzania Communications and Regulatory Authority (TCRA) set December 31st as deadline for the biometric registration exercise which started in May 1st, 2019.

Magufuli directed TCRA to make sure all unregistered telephone numbers are switched off after January 20th, 2019.

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